Shimoga-Talaguppa Broad Gauge Horata Samiti has decided to pressure the Ministry of Railway to link Talaguppa in Shimoga district and Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district at the earliest.
S.G. Kumaraswamy, Joint Secretary of the Samiti, told The Hindu on Friday that a meeting of the Samiti was held in Sagar on Thursday to discuss the issue.
He said that, district would be connected to the Konkan railway after the execution of this project. Ministry of Railways had sanctioned administrative approval for the project to connect Talaguppa and Honnavar and had commissioned a survey in this regard. The project is yet to get clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forest.
The meeting decided to press the Ministry of Railway to construct more tunnels along the proposed line to minimise damaging the forest, he said.
The people of Shimoga and Uttara Kannada districts will benefit from the project. It will ensure easy access to Mumbai for people of Shimoga district while the travel distance to Bangalore will be reduced for the people of Uttara Kannada district, he said. The meeting also decided to press the Ministry of Railway to introduce passenger train service between Shimoga and Talaguppa as announced in the railway budget and to upgrade the amenities at Sagar railway station. Writer Na. D’Souza, honorary president of the Samiti, other functionaries were present.